Democrat Kate Brown is next in line for the governorship of Oregon, as current Gov. John Kitzhaber is resigning in response to a scandal involving his wife. Brown has served as Oregon’s Secretary of State since 2008 (Oregon has no lieutenant governor position), and is set to become Oregon’s 38th governor on Feb. 18.
Brown, 54, was born in Spain and raised up in Minnesota. She now lives in Portland with her husband Dan. She is also openly bisexual and was the first statewide officeholder in the nation to come out with this identity.
Her sexuality has never been a prominent issue in Oregon, where from 2009 to 2012 Portland’s mayor Sam Adams was openly gay and the current speaker of the House, Tina Kotek, is a lesbian.